Palomino Blond started in 2018 and immediately developed a reputation as one of the hardest-working bands in the state, packing house shows and converted warehouses all over Florida with only a handful of demos to their name. From their humble beginnings in Kendall’s long tradition of DIY all-ages shows to getting recognized by Iggy Pop as “one of Miami’s brightest lights,” Palomino Blond has consistently grown its audience through a music-first approach with raucous live shows and an infectious, ever-evolving sound that is as inviting as it is intense in its mood shifts. The Miami New Times called “Supergalore” from their 5-Song Demos EP a “Propulsive bummer anthem, buoyed by floating vocals and brutal riffs built in to three musical acts,” also naming it one of the “Best Songs of 2018.” The band’s carefully crafted guitar-based songs sound as relevant in 2021 as they would have been in the 90’s, with roots in Grunge, Gothic Rock, Pop-Punk, and Shoegaze.
Early 2019 saw the release of the single and striking video for “Creature Natural” (Directed by Michael Cuartas and Jonathan Cuartas – Director of the 2020 Patrick Fugit-starring film, My Heart Can’t Beat Unless You Tell It To), with the Miami New Times going as far to say that “Palomino Blond is taking Miami by Storm,” and calling it one of “The 20 Best Miami Songs of 2019.” This organically led to Southeast US supporting shows and tours with Black Lips, Last Dinosaurs, Chastity Belt, A Place to Bury Strangers, The Casket Lottery, Born Ruffians, Unwed Sailor, Ceramic Animal, seeyousoon, Thelma and the Sleaze, and Spendtime Palace,along with appearances at The Fest, iii Points, Sing Out Loud, Pulp Fest, Bumblefest, andMadSoul. The band’s fiery live shows regularly garner glowing comparisons to such luminaries as: The Smashing Pumpkins, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Sonic Youth, and The Breeders.
The coronavirus pandemic hit Florida in March 2020, just as the band’s 12″ Split EP with Las Nubes on BuFu Records was to be released. During the resulting quarantine, original members Raven Nieto (bass) and Jake Karner (drums) exited the band, with close friends Peter Allen(Bass/Vocals) and Acosta’s cousin, Michael Arevalo (Drums/Vocals) now in the fold as permanent members and key contributors.
Summer 2021 saw the release of the forward-thinking, self-recorded and produced “Dead Hand“/”Lo Siento” double-single, two radically different offerings to tide fans over until the release of their debut 7-song ontheinside EP, which will be released on November 19th, 2021 by Palomino Blond and Limited Fanfare (The Sh-Booms, Astronautalis, Ex Norwegian, Heavy Drag.) with Vinyl, Cassette and CD available January 21st, 2022.
Recording of the EP began in late 2019 with the lead single and fan-favorite, “Phoebe.” “Phoebewas the first ‘new song’ we started playing live after we released our initial batch of demos. It’s a favorite of ours and has been in our set for over 2 years by this point, but wasn’t finished until 2021 due to the pandemic,” says Kyle Fink, (who wants everyone to know that the song is NOT about indie songstress Phoebe Bridgers).